Vasie Poila, Acting Director of the Immigration Division, said Mark Franklin's case will eventually be looked at by the division's sole compliance officer.
Cook Islands Tourism Industry Council President Liana Scott says the group is yet to submit objections against the new immigration regulations.
The council had called on its members to voice concerns regarding recently released immigration regulations.
said the feedback she has received from the industry is that different advice
is given to different people who visit Cook Islands Ministry of Foreign Affairs
this month Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Immigration (MFAI) said that the
passing of the Act in 2021 and approval of the Regulations concluded a
five-year process of legislative review, development, and enactment which began
in 2017 and involved extensive public and private consultations within and
beyond the Cook Islands.
which support the full implementation of the Immigration Act 2021 will affect
all current permit holders and new applications for residence, work,
investment, study and visit.
said she was yet to complete the document as there was a lot of material to
feedback that I am receiving from industry is that different advice is given to
different people that visit Immigration.
have not yet submitted our objections to Immigration, although we had at the
of Commerce chief executive officer Rebecca Tavioni could not be reached for
she has said the chamber has been engaged in consultation with regards to the
Immigration Act, when public consultation commenced prior to Covid-19, and the
collated business concerns were raised with Parliament.
the border reopening, post Covid-19, there had been no further sharing or
details of what is being enacted, with the Chamber of Commerce.
had said that following the publication of the new requirement on the MFAI
website, the chamber, along with members of the public, viewed for the first
time, the specifics pertaining to each individual permit, and were currently
collating further views from the business community on the implication this could
have on the Cooks workforce.
Whittaker, Edgewater Resort and Club Raro chief executive had earlier said the
landscape had changed significantly over the past three years and what was
being proposed five years ago needed to be reviewed as it was a “completely new
ball game today”.
Minister Mark Brown speaking in Parliament last month had said the new
regulations of the Immigration Act 2021 were based on the sentiments of the
Cook Islands people on foreign workers at the time.
their sentiments on foreign workers was that they needed to make sure they had
good, strong regulations in place to control the number of workers and type of
people coming to Cook Islands.